Applied Music Cello III

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 262

       Course Name: Applied Music Cello III

       Credits: 2 (1 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Courses offer private study in specialized areas. Strongly recommended that student who desires to study piano, voice, etc. complete all class levels offered for that particular instrument (class piano, class voice, etc.). Intent of applied music is to increase ability to perform more advanced music from all periods and styles. Arrangements must be made through the music faculty who arrange lessons in piano, voice, band and orchestra instruments.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To perform music artistically from a variety of periods, styles, and repertoire.
  2. To develop listening and critical thinking skills through self evaluation of performance.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

This area will be tailored to fit individual student needs, to emphasize their strengths, and to overcome their weaknesses. All lessons will include studies in technique and musicality using instructional materials suitable to the student’s level. In addition to these general guidelines, the following representative topics will be addressed:

  1. Repertoire
    Level of Material
    Sonatas by Beethoven, Bach and Duport; Saint-Saens Concerto, Kabelevsky concerto; pieces by Faure, Saint-Saens, Senaille; Vivaldi Sonatas.
  2. Technique
    1. Studies by Popper and Duport
    2. Scales in four octaves—major and minor
    3. Arpeggios in four octaves, scales in double-stop thirds
    4. Refinement of thumb position, fluidity of position changes
  3. Sight-reading
    Level of Material
    Orchestral Studies Vol. I, Rose Edition, Suzuki Books 7 and 8.
  4. Performance
    1. Student recital each semester
    2. Group lessons at discretion of instructor. (In addition to private lessons.)
  5. Transposition
    Transposition of Suzuki: Book 3 pieces up and down one octave.
  6. Keyboard Harmony
    Level of Material
    The composition of accompaniments of simple melodies of student’s choice.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Weekly lesson will include lectures, explanation and demonstration of instrumental skills.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Read and abide by the list of applied lesson policies handed out at the beginning of the term.
  2. Weekly attendance at private lessons is required.
  3. Practice and be willing to devote enough time to individual instruction. (A minimum of six hours of practice per week is required.)
  4. Listening and reading assignments. (Topics to be discussed.)
  5. Performance of one short solo piece or movement with accompaniment in a semester concert.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Repertoire is assigned according to the student’s level of playing ability and includes representative compositions from the different musical periods.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Student will be tested on four octave scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and their recital piece each semester.
  2. In addition, an on-going assessment of the student is also important in the grading process, owing to the gradual nature of improvement.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.